Marijuana Decrim Headed For A Vote — It is Time
Hooray! The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have voted to send the Marijuana Decrim bills to the House and Senate floors for a vote. (Last year these measures died in committee with House Majority leader Gordon Fox stating that it “wasn’t time.” There’s been some rejiggering with money received for the civil penalties no longer going to the city or town of the infraction, but rather to the state (with 50% earmarked for those drug awareness programs that have no measurable record of success but make everybody feel better). More at Providence Journal 5.30.12.
Big thanks to prime movers Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Tiverton) — who says he has 42 cosponsors in the House — and Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence); and on the Senate side Sen. Josh Miller (D-Cranston) and Sen. Rhoda Perry (D-Providence) deserve great praise for sticking with this issue. Support these elected officials! Integrity, brains and common sense — that’s all you can hope for. If you don’t live where you can actually vote for them, you can still shower them with money; and then let your representatives and senators know you support this legislation. It is time.